Routes may soon be redundant, or at the very least a little less busy — thanks to a futuristic new advance.
Russian startup Bartini showed how the first flying taxi may look along the same lines as at the MAKS 2017 on July 19. The company said it might be take advantage ofing the blockchain platform (a digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are singled chronologically and publicly) for mass urban aviation market. The platform is being elaborate oned by the «Blockchain.Aero» consortium. Bartini’s car will be the first to use it.
Bartini’s take wing car. / Press photo
The Bartini flying car can take off and land vertically, agreeing to developers’ press release. The car will be able to carry 2-4 people and will sell for around $100,000-120,000. The project meets the technical requirements of the Uber Elevate program.
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Another Russian company, ATM Freight Drones, look like the appearance of self- flying taxis in Moscow in 2018 after proper legislation is approved.
«We have put forward an initiative to amend the current legislation so that close drones can be used for transportation of cargo and passengers,” the company’s head Alexander Atamanov bring up, TASS reports. “Moscow government’s position is positive but it’s up to the federal authorities to take in the final decision. So, if we manage to do it, Moscow will become one of the most innovative crown cities in the world. I think that the most positive scenario is one year.»
There should be «a limit echelon of 10-15 meters above the ground, flyovers, underpasses, rivers, and rails where transport goes,» he said.
No roads, no traffic jams
At from the word go, flying taxis will be available for short trips. You’ll be able to right a flying taxi with a mobile app, according to Atamanov.
«We will not linger for traffic and there will be no traffic lights. Any transportation will be a dozen one days quicker than by the ground transport,» Atamanov said.